Ruzuku is an option for speakers, authors, coaches and other type of independent experts who are in search of a way to create online courses. This course platform is hosted by ruzuku.com and was designed by Abe Crystal, PH.D and Rick Cecil. This platform was launched in the year 2011.
Ruzuku was created with the purpose of supporting online group programs or courses, whereby many individuals will go through a step-by-step and structured program together. An example of this may be a blogger, which has written interesting posts on how to use LinkedIn to discover career opportunities. This blogger might be looking to create a course that runs over 6 weeks and names it “How To Use LinkedIn To Fast-Track Your Career To The Next Level.”
Ruzuku is more commonly used by companies and experts that offer courses involving personal development, professional skills, creative business, health, crafts, art and design and more. Before using any of the online course platforms, it is advisable to examine the following factors:
One of the key factors involved in progressing with any online course has to do with the ease-of-setup and how easy the online course is to manage. Ruzuku has a focus on ease-of-use in regard to online courses that are structured. You are able to set up your initial course when you register for your trial account through ruzuku.com and then click on the “Create a new course” icon.
Ruzuku enables you to set the price for an online program and then charge for the access. Unlike other platforms Ruzuku focuses on the registration of people into the courses. For instance, career coaches may have a 6-week course on offer for $499. The typical course might combine worksheets, group-coaching calls and videos. The coach might choose to run their course multiple times in a year.
Ruzuku handles the payment and registration of people that sign up for a specific session or sessions in these courses. The payment goes through either a shopping cart or payment-processor that you have chosen. Ruzuku supports Stripe which is a well-known payment processor as well as PayPal.
Ruzuku has been designed for evergreen courses and well as scheduled courses. The scheduled courses will start on a set date and allows for a number of participants to progress through this course in unison, on a set schedule. This type of model supports community and peer-to-peer learning for the group-coaching and “live” course programs. The Visual Outline Tool allows a straightforward way to plan a course and choose dates that your lessons will be released.
Ruzuku includes professional video and audio hosting services, which forms a portion of the course-delivery platform. Here you are able to upload unlimited video and audio files directly to the platform. You can also embed videos that come from 3rd-party services. All of the plans of Ruzuku include the CDN (Content Delivery Network) that supports students from across the globe.
Ruzuku has been created around importance relating to peer-to-peer and community support for online courses. The participants will have a profile that states their name a photo and a short-biography. As these users participate in the courses, “learning journals” of the work they have done will be created automatically.
The online-course platform in Ruzuku, offers discussion forums that are integrated for every lesson, along with discussion prompts that are optional for specified activities. This allows you to put through questions that offers the students with the space to share and reflect as they are progressing through your course.
The participants are able to respond with documents, videos, images and text comments. For instance, if the course is about art, the participant may upload phots of their artworks that they can share with their community.
Ruzuku also offers a “notification” stream which makes it easier to view what others are saying, contributing and posting about the course. Over and above this are the email notifications that are automatic which help to keep the participants engaged. An example of this would be when “Amanda” posts a question or comment and “Harry” replies to this post, “Amanda” will then receive a notification via email about the response.
Ruzuku is also able to send weekly or daily emails to the participants that includes a summary of the more recent comments and posts about their course. These emails serve as a reminder for individuals to contribute and return to the discussion, which results in a vibrant online community and discussion.
The “Course Progress” feature provides the instructors information on how the students are interacting and progressing through the course. Here you can either view the analytics of your course in its entirety, or focus on data for specific steps in the course. This information can also help you see which students are on track as well as those that may require more encouragement.
The webinars or live calls are a vital component for most of the online courses. This is even more true for the group-coaching programs. The way in which to meet up in a “live” space and then share the progress is the way to keep participants motivated and on track. Ruzuku provides 2 types of interaction and live events which include:
Ruzuku offers a simple way to create and run live events without the need to learn or purchase external services. When a student uses a question mark after a comment, this chat is highlighted automatically. The students who have signed up for your course will also receive a reminder about your event via email. They are then able to attend your webinar directly from their course. The webinars and teleconferences can also be automatically recorded which can be used again at a later stage.
The plans for Ruzuku start from $74 a month which needs to be pre-paid annually. This allows for an unlimited amount of courses and participants for any of the paid subscriptions.
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